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Forum topic by ScottinTexas posted 433 days ago 628 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ScottinTexas

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433 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question plane joining

I know virtually nothing about hand planes. Has anyone found a good tutorial for a beginner? Something beyond what the parts are – like how to set the depth of the iron, different planes for uses, irons what are flat vs curved and why you would use one or the other, grain direction concerns, things like that. Maybe a video class? I’m looking around for a hands-on classroom experience eventually but I don’t want to wait until that happens to cover the basics.

Thanks


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#1 posted 433 days ago

I would start with ’’the hand plane book’’ by Garret Hack.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#2 posted 433 days ago

I agree with Don’s suggestion. I would add that the videos “Hand Plane Basics” and “Coarse, Medium and Fine”, both by Chris Schwarz, are also excellent.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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BTimmons

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#3 posted 433 days ago

Here’s my response to pretty much the same question the other day. It’s a video that covers the basic essentials.

http://lumberjocks.com/replies/581537

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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ScottinTexas

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#4 posted 433 days ago

I figured there were lots of books out there but if there is one that stands out, that helps. Two suggestions for the Hack book is helpful.

And there is more crossover, sikrap mentioned Schwarz and lo and behold Underhill and Schwartz were in that video BTimmons links! Excellent. Love the video, BT. Underhill got me interested in woodworking long before I ever thought it feasible to do. What gets me about him is he doesn’t seem he would be as funny as he is. That video told me quite a bit. Thanks.

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sikrap

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#5 posted 433 days ago

There are other videos/books out there that could be very helpful. You might want to check your local library and see what they have available. Just a bit of warning….you’re gonna love hand planes. :))

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 433 days ago

I have both of Garrett Hacks books and they are real good. You may just want the plane book but you can buy them both on Amazon as a set.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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